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Solomon Wins Founders Award

Dr. Dan Solomon, dean of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences, won a 2010 Founders Award from the American Statistical Association.

Solomon was recognized Aug. 3 during the 2010 Joint Statistical Meetings in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The award is given to ASA members for distinguished service to the association over an extended period in a variety of leadership roles.

Solomon, an ASA fellow, was honored for long-term involvement in many organizational committees and support of ASA publications through service on the Committee on Publications and Board of Directors Electronic Communications Committee. He led the Council of Sections Governing Board and played a central role in launching ASA’s development program.

Solomon joined NC State in 1981 as head of the statistics department. He became the college’s associate dean for academic affairs in 1993 and its dean in 2000. His research focused on applying mathematics and statistics to the biological sciences, specifically population and community ecology. As an administrator, he has worked to improve teaching, expand research and graduate programs, and diversify the workforce in science and mathematics.

He chairs the governing board of the National Science Foundation-funded Statistical and Applied Mathematical Sciences Institute and was instrumental in founding the National Institute of Statistical Sciences. An elected member of the International Statistical Institute, Solomon is a former editor of the journal Biometrics. He has served on several panels for the National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council.